Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I love our church sanctuary. It dates back to 1860, although it was renovated in 1960, but it still retains the lovely ambiance and charm of a simple meetinghouse from New England. It's lovely in its neutrality and simplicity and I feel very worshipful when I enter the doors.
However, it is extremely hot in the summer. There is little circulation and no air conditioning and the heat and humidity can be brutal.
Our Session House, which is a smaller building to the rear of the property, is similarly historic, built in 1858 for Sunday School and meeting space, and was more recently renovated into a lovely large congregational hall. It has central air and is cool and comfortable in the heat of the summer. It is logical to move the congregation back there for the months of July and August.
Well of course some people are not happy with the move, using reasons such as "It doesn't seem like church in that room" and "I don't like having to sit so close together" among others. I understand change is hard, and some people deal with it better than others. But when I was sitting in that air conditioned comfort Sunday morning all I could think of was "Ahhhhhhhhh......"